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Port Richey man accused of selling fake memorabilia

PORT RICHEY — A 54-year-old man is accused of selling thousands of dollars in fake memorabilia to unsuspecting buyers on eBay.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Kenneth Edward Lane used a computer, printer and Signascript automated signing machine to forge an array of counterfeits. The items included a copy of Life magazine bearing Neil Armstrong's signature, vintage photos supposedly signed by Cary Grant and Marilyn Monroe, an autographed Star Trek cast photo and an item purportedly signed by Cincinnati Reds great John "Bid" McPhee.

Authorities say Lane made $13,115 selling the items from April 2006 to August 2010.

Lane, of 9324 Cochise Lane, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of scheme to defraud and released on $5,000 bail.

He was charged last year with grand theft after a buyer said Lane sold him a Christmas card forged with Al Capone's signature, as well as an autographed baseball that never arrived. Prosecutors later dropped the charge.

Port Richey man accused of selling fake memorabilia 02/02/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 2:23pm]
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